Spring Break Hotspots on a Budget

You don't have to break the bank to have the time of your life

Spring break doesn't have to require dipping into savings accounts or maxing out credit cards. Even amazing world-class destinations have great deals to offer students; all it takes is a bit of digging to find them.[slideshow:1273]

Whether your ideal spring break trip includes a white sand beach, snow covered mountains or a buzzing cityscape; there are awesome deals out there.

Maybe Miami is out of your budget, but have you considered Panama City Beach? Instead of heading to the popular destination of Costa Rica, turn to Nicaragua for cheaper rates, a pulsing nightlife and spectacular surfing. These small switches make all the difference when it comes to the price tag.

Check out our list of budget spring break destinations and save big while enjoying your break.

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

A lesser-known traveler’s gem, Nicaragua isn’t necessarily a secret but it is an amazing destination for those on a tight budget that’s often overlooked. The Latin American nation has tons to offer adventurous spring breakers—from volcano boarding on Cerro Negro to surfing in San Juan del Sur and then partying at night, Nicaragua has tons to do for very little money.

South Padre Island, Texas

This barrier island in Texas is a top spring break spot for students looking to save some money while still having an amazing experience. Home to crazy cheap hotel rates (some advertised rates are as low as $39 per person, per night) and some of the biggest parties in the U.S. (MTV Real World Entourage Party, pool parties at the Isla Grand and bashes with celebrity appearances) this spring break spot offers some amazing parties without breaking the bank.